Chapter 1 Part 8
The above verse states the main purpose for which Jesus came into the world. The angel was God's messenger and was relating God's message to Joseph and ultimately to us.
The name, JESUS, means saviour. He came into this world as a saviour. He came for the purpose to save his people from their sins.
We can gather a lot of information about the purpose of God by taking each word in the phrase, "he shall save his people from their sins." "He" is the subject of the sentence and indicates who is doing the acting. "He" refers to Jesus. We are told later in this chapter that his name is also called Emmanuel which is interpreted to be God with us. Thus, God came down to perform the action in this sentence. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he came for a purpose.
Second is the word "shall." This word, connected with the fact, that it is God, who is doing the action, gives us the certainty of the action being completed. Notice it did not say that he might save his people, or he would try to save his people, or he would like to save his people, but the word "shall" speaks of the certainty of the accomplishment of this action. One of the things that we know about God is that he cannot fail nor lie. Thus, when the scriptures say that God shall do something, it is as good as done. "Save" is the verb of the sentence. "Save" indicates what is going to be done. Save means to deliver. Thus, there is a promised deliverance. Since God made the promise the deliverance is sure.
"His" is a possessive pronoun indicating that God has possession of the object. The object belongs to God. The object is "people." From this, we know that they were already His people. They were his people before he ever come into the world. They belonged to him. It was "His people" that he came to save. There is no promise that he would save anyone but his people. He did not come to save a people that might become his people sometime in the future, because these were already his people. He came to save a people that were already his.
"From their sins" indicates what he came to save them from. His people were sinners and had need of saving from their sins. Since they could not save themselves from their sins, it was necessary that God come and save them from their sins. If it had been possible for his people to save themselves from their sins, then there was no need for Jesus to come. There were no conditions attached to this sentence. It did not say that he would save a people if they would let him. It also did not say that he would save them if they would cooperate. It stated without condition that He shall save his people from their sins. There is no condition placed upon His people. The noun, sins, is in the plural. He did not come to save his people from some of their sins, or most of their sins, or from all of their sins but one. Rather it is stated that he shall save his people from their sins meaning all of their sins.
All of this
implies that Jesus was capable of saving his people from their sins. He came
holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. He also came without sin.
Sizeable groups of people who claim a belief in Christ deny that Christ is God. They deny the deity of Jesus Christ. The above scripture plainly teaches that Jesus Christ is God. The name Emmanuel is interpreted to mean God with us. Thus, Jesus Christ is God with us. Couple this with the following verses and we prove that the scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is verily God:
1. Jesus said in
John 8:58 "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham
was, I am." I AM was the name that God told Moses was God's name.
directly speak of Jesus Christ being God. There are also numerous verses of
scripture when connected together also prove that Jesus Christ is God.
Some people depict the wise men as being three kings based on Old Testament prophesies:
1. Ps. 68:29
"Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee."
If indeed the wise men coming to Jerusalem is the fulfillment of the above prophecies then there were at least four kings who came including the kings of Tarshish, the isles, Sheba and Seba. From the above we cannot tell if "the isles" is referring to one or more kings.
This we know, there were wise men that came from the east to Jerusalem. They were "wise" men. We know they were wise, first, because the scriptures tell us they were wise. Second, we know they were wise because they came seeking for Jesus. Furthermore, they must have feared God, because the scriptures say, Ps. 111:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."
Though the wise men were wise, yet, they made a faulty assumption. They assumed that Jesus would be at Jerusalem. They had followed a star and when they came near Jerusalem, they assumed that is where they would find him. People make this same kind of faulty assumption today concerning Jesus. They go to the most popular and widely acclaimed places and assume that Jesus must surely be there. Yet Jesus was in the small town of Bethlehem. They lost sight of the star when they came to Jerusalem. We lose sight of the truth when we assume whatever we have been previously taught is the truth rather than following the word of the Lord to find the truth.
Next, the wise men were spirit born children of God even though they were not of Israel, nor had they heard any gospel preached. We know this because the scriptures teach that a person who has not been born of the Spirit will not seek the Lord nor fear him. Yet the wise men were doing both. Furthermore, the Spirit was leading them by a star and Rom. 8:14 says "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."